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August 2011

Last night we stopped by Trellis (@heathman hotel in Kirkland) for desserts and a drink.

They have a great outside seating and although we live very close we actually had never been before.

We ended ordering a dessert (sage honey flan), fries and wine.

The flan had a great texture, but I really could not taste the sage and overall thought it was a bit on the blend side.

Fries were great.

They were out of couple of dessert wines so we opted for a Malbec.

Overall it was too little for a full review. The menu looked interesting, but I’ll have to go back to truly have an idea of how good it is. I am hoping it’s a bit better than the first impression I had from the dessert.

 

Tonight I wanted to make a vegetarian carbonara dish. The thing is that if you take pancetta (or baken) out of the equation it becomes really tricky to give it that distinct flavor and extra dimension that this simple dish needs. It becomes even trickier when you don’t like that much cream in your sauces – which I don’t.

So… I tried to experiment a bit and borrowed a bit from a Caesar salad type of dressing. I used a mix of zucchini and squash to give it a bit of texture, color and substance. I used anchovies and fresh herbs (one mint leaf, parsley, and thyme) in additional to the eggs for the sauce. I used just a dash of whole milk, but of the cream sauces out there go ahead and add more.

All in whole it was much better than I actually expected. You should not be concerned about the anchovies because you can’t really tell, but they do add the extra something I was looking for.

 

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Last Sunday a dear friend stopped by to hang out with me and H. We invited her to stay over for dinner and decided to make pizza. We were not prepared in a traditional pizza-sense, but we enough ingredients to pull it together.

Lately I have been liking the traditional italian bakery style as it gives us a better way to create sufferer sections.

 

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